Friday, 17 April 2009

Yet another wet, dreary morning! The rain fell throughout my 3 hour visit, which was a bit of a whiz round in the poor conditions.

The CUCKOO continued to call until about 8am, but even he succumbed to the dire conditions and went silent thereafter. BLACKCAPS were heard in the scrub area by the lakes, and in the college grounds, as well as in the one or two of the larger gardens along ashes lane. CHIFFCHAFFS were heard on all parts of my patch, but their singing was less than convincing! SWALLOWS were trying their best to find insects around the sheep at Migrant Alley, there are at least 5 local pairs now. The only other summer visitor noted was the WHITETHROAT, two were around the tree nursery and a new one was in the hedgerow on the southern boundary of my patch. One species that made it worth while getting wet for, was the BLACK HEADED GULL, which flew over, the first sighting this month, the monthly total now stands at 68, just 3 more needed to equal the April record!
I'll give you a list of the 46 species seen today, as I dont often put up all of what Ive seen. F O by the species name is for flyover.

Again no pics today. Anyone want to buy a camera. (-:

In order of appearence todays birds were -:

Magpie,
Starling
Collared Dove
Great Tit
Dunnock
Greenfinch
Blackbird
Cuckoo
Whitethroat
Goldfinch
Woodpigeon
Green Woodpecker
Goldcrest
Robin
Stock Dove
Mallard
Moorhen
Wren
Long Tailed Tit
Lesser Black backed Gull - FO
Herring Gull - FO
Rook
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Mistle Thrush
Linnet
Pheasant
Swallow
Blackcap
House Sparrow
Pied Wagtail
Grey Heron - FO
Blue Tit
Chiffchaff
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Chaffinch
Songthrush
Coal Tit
Black Headed Gull - FO
Skylark
Bullfinch
Nuthatch
Canada Goose
Jay
Treecreeper
and lastly a Sparrowhawk - FO

6 comments:

ShySongbird said...

Wow! What a list and what dedication to duty staying out in this weather for three hours! Now that's what I call keen! I'm not surprised the birds singing wasn't convincing, only Gene Kelly was that daft!!!
Hope the weather cheers up soon so you can take your camera off the market!

Greenie said...

Warren ,
It shows dedication to stop out in that weather today .
Don't sell the camera till you get a shot of the Orchids .

Phil and Mandy said...

That was a good amount for the horrid weather we have had today.Phil

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Warren.
At least you braved the weather, and it was worth it to add a B/H/Gull to your month's tally.agood to see The Swallow numbers on the increase.
There's some good birds in your list. I hope you beat your previous April count.Good luck

Kelly said...

...you made me laugh with your camera comment. I hope your weather improves soon! We were gorgeous Thurs and Friday...Sat should be nice also, but then, everything deteriorates and the cold and rain returns.

Chris said...

woow a great day for you!!! Fantastic list of observatiob. Congrats.